Foursquare 11 Year Old Zinfandel Cask Blend Rum is a is a limited release Bajan Rum. It is produced at the Foursquare Distillery which is owned by R.L. Seale, one of Barbados’ oldest rum companies.
The Foursquare Distillery, located in St Philip, occupies the site of a former sugar factory that dates back to 1636 and, as one of the most modern and efficient rum distilleries in the world, is designed to be both highly energy efficient and environmentally friendly. Foursquare rum is made from locally owned and sourced sugar cane converted to molasses, fermented very slowly over 44 hours with South African yeast and then distilled. Richard Seale, is one of the regions most innovative distillers and blenders and has a passion for producing perfect rum with great flavour. Richard is at the forefront trying to educate rum drinkers about additives (colourings for example) and for greater transparency in labelling. Foursquare 11 Year Old Zinfandel Cask Finish Rum is a result of Richard Seales experimentation with different cask finishes for his rums. He has previously successfully used ex-Sherry cask for the Doorlys XO Rum and in 2015 released a Port Finish Rum. Different cask finishes are something that the whisky trade has been using to great effect for many years, so why not rum? The rum is a blend of artisanal pot still and twin column continuous still rums. The pot still rum brings complexity and flavour whilst the column still rum add balance and aroma. Portions of the Foursquare 11 Year Old Zinfandel Cask Finish Rum are aged for 11 years in ex-Bourbon cask and some are aged for 11 years in ex-Zinfandel Casks, these are then blended together and bottled.
No added sugar, just pure rum and non coloured.
Foursquare 11 Year Old Zinfandel Cask Blend Rum is dark golden brown colour with a very definite red hue. There is an immediate aroma of red, strawberry fruit that jumps out of the glass which is backed up by some sweet toffee apple notes. There are also hints of creamy, vanilla, perhaps some milk chocolate and some nice oak-y notes. The palate is sweet initially, there are more fruit flavours on the palate, however more blackcurrant than the strawberries that were the nose. There is also a touch of spice. The finish is smooth and lingering with a feint hint of popcorn. Slightly sweeter (but, by no means sweet) finish than Foursquare rums aged in ex-Bourbon cask.